Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue arrested

15. Dong Fangzhuo- Some say that the Chinese striker was only brought to Old Trafford to sell shirts in Asia. Made just three senior appearances before being shipped back to his old side Dalian

Friends of the ex-Arsenal defender are reportedly concerned for his mental and emotional safety.

The 35-year-old was taken to a police station in north London on Saturday, the Daily Mirror Sport reported.

Metropolitan Police would not confirm the name of the man arrested in the case but said in a statement that he would only face further enquiries in relation to "malicious communications" and not arson.

'He was taken to a north London police station where he now remains'.

However, months down the line and reports indicate that family members are anxious of the former player's mental and emotional state.

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According to reports, he may also be unable to afford legal representation following a failed appeal against his divorce.

On Sunday evening a Scotland Yard spokesman added: "He has since been released with no further action in respect of the arson allegation".

The 35-year-old was recently invited to join the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Ray Parlour, David Seaman and Sol Campbell as part of a Gunners legends side for a charity match at Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium in Spain. He then returned to the Premier League with Sunderland in 2016 but did not play a single game for the club due to being given a one-year ban for not paying a former agent who represented him.

The Ivory Coast worldwide told the Sunday Mirror last Christmas of his plight since his playing days - admitting he had been left homeless following a divorce.

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